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Katherine Dunn, 70 (1945 - 2016)
Katherine Dunn, an author who attained fame for her novel "Geek Love," died May 11 at her home in Portland, Oregon, according to multiple news sources. She was 70. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.
Jim Harrison, 78 (1937 - 2016)
Jim Harrison, the author best known for "Legends of the Fall", has died at 78, according to the Associated Press. For full coverage and obituary from Legacy.com, click here.
Pat Conroy, 70 (1945 - 2016)
Author Pat Conroy, whose works include "The Prince of Tides" and "The Great Santini," died Friday evening, March 4, 2016, of pancreatic cancer, according to his publisher. He was 70. The South Carolina native was known for his candid and "down-home" writing style, which drew upon his rough childhood experiences as a military brat with a domineering father. In response to the news, South...
Umberto Eco, 84 (1932 - 2016)
Umberto Eco, the Italian author of "The Name of the Rose," died Feb. 19, 2016, of cancer, according to The Associated Press. He was 84. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.
Harper Lee, 89 (1926 - 2016)
Harper Lee, author of the classic novel "To Kill a Mockingbird," has died at 89. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.
Margaret Forster, 77 (1938 - 2016)
Margaret Forster, an award-winning English author known best for her 1965 novel "Georgy Girl," has died. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.
Henning Mankell, 67 (1948 - 2015)
STOCKHOLM (AP) - Henning Mankell, the hesitant figurehead of Scandinavian crime fiction whose books about the gloomy, soul-searching police inspector Kurt Wallander enticed readers around the world,...
C.K. Williams (2015)
C.K. Williams, whose poems emphatically observed morality and suffering from perspectives as lofty as politics and as intimate as the cancer that ended his life, died Sunday HOPEWELL, N.J. (AP) — C...
Jackie Collins (2015)
Jackie Collins, the best-selling novelist who thrilled millions of readers with her scandal-soaked tales of Hollywood, mobsters, and L.A. private investigators, has died of breast cancer. By ANDREW...
Ann Rule, 83 (1931 - 2015)
True-crime writer Ann Rule, who wrote a profile of her former co-worker, serial killer Ted Bundy, has died at age 83, according to the Associated Press. By DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP, Associated...
E.L. Doctorow, 84 (1931 - 2015)
E.L. Doctorow, the best-selling author of "Ragtime" and "Billy Bathgate," both of which were made into movies, has died. Doctorow, who died Tuesday in New York City, was 84. By VERENA DOBNIK, The...
James Salter, 90 (2015)
By HILLEL ITALIE, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — James Salter, the prize-winning author acclaimed for his sophisticated, granular prose and sobering insights in "Light Years," ''A Sport and a...
Ludvik Vaculik, 88 (1926 - 2015)
By KAREL JANICEK, The Associated PressPRAGUE (AP) — Ludvik Vaculik, an author, journalist and anti-communist dissident whose "Two Thousand Words" manifesto became a key document of the 1968 Prague...
Hugh Ambrose (2015)
By MATT VOLZ, The Associated Press HELENA, Montana (AP) — Hugh Ambrose, who wrote the World War II history "The Pacific" after years of researching for his father, the renowned historian Stephen...
Franz Wright, 62 (1953 - 2015)
The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Franz Wright, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet known for his concise and penetrating style and heartbreaking command of emotions, has died. He was 62. Wright...
William Zinsser, 92 (1922 - 2015)
By HILLEL ITALIE, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — William Zinsser, the much-consulted teacher, author, journalist and essayist whose million-selling book "On Writing Well" championed the craft...
Peter Gay, 91 (1923 - 2015)
By HILLEL ITALIE AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Peter Gay, a popular and prize-winning historian who meticulously traced the rise of secular Western thought, from a prize-winning history...
Ruth Rendell, 85 (1930 - 2015)
By JILL LAWLESS, The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — Mystery writer Ruth Rendell, who brought psychological insight and social conscience to the classic British detective story, has died at the age...
Michael Blake, 69 (1945 - 2015)
By ASTRID GALVAN, The Associated PressTUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Michael Blake, the writer whose novel "Dances With Wolves" became a major hit movie and earned him an Academy Award for the screenplay,...
Marcia Brown, 96 (1918 - 2015)
The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Marcia Brown, a celebrated author and illustrator of children's books and three-time Caldecott Medal winner whose work ranged from the bold strokes of "Once a...
M.H. Abrams, 93 (1921 - 2015)
By HILLEL ITALIE, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — M.H. Abrams, an esteemed critic, teacher and tastemaker who helped shape the modern literary canon as founding editor of the Norton Anthology...
Abdel Rahman El Abnoudy (2015)
The Associated PressCAIRO (AP) — State media says Egyptian poet Abdel Rahman El Abnoudy, who channeled folklore and rural life into verses that touched the Arab world, has died at 77 after a long...
Frederic Morton, 90 (1924 - 2015)
By GEORGE JAHN, The Associated PressVIENNA (AP) — U.S. writer Frederic Morton, who became internationally recognized in part through books on the Austrian homeland that he was forced to flee...
Guenter Grass, 87 (1927 - 2015)
By GEIR MOULSON and HILLEL ITALIE, The Associated PressBERLIN (AP) — Guenter Grass was to Germany what William Faulkner was to the old American South: The bard, scourge and pathfinder of a society...
Ivan Doig, 75 (1939 - 2015)
The Associated PressSEATTLE (AP) — Ivan Doig, an award-winning author whose books set in his native Montana made him one of the most respected writers of the American West, has died. He was 75...
Stanley Kutler, 80 (1934 - 2015)
The Associated PressMADISON, Wisconsin (AP) — Watergate historian Stanley Kutler, who successfully fought for the release of President Richard Nixon's secret tapes, died Tuesday in Wisconsin. He...
Tomas Transtromer, 83 (1931 - 2015)
By KARL RITTER and MALIN RISING, The Associated Press STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish poet and Nobel Literature Prize winner Tomas Transtromer has died at age 83, Swedish publisher Bonniers said Friday...
Ellen Conford, 73 (1942 - 2015)
By HILLEL ITALIE, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Ellen Conford, an award-winning children's writer whose comic tales about everything from the travails of high school to a girl's summer camp...
Valentin Rasputin, 77 (1937 - 2015)
The Associated PressMOSCOW (AP) — Valentin Rasputin, a revered Russian writer who was a prominent member of a literary movement in the 1960s and 1970s known as Village Prose that focused on...
Terry Pratchett, 66 (1948 - 2015)
By GREGORY KATZ, The Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Fantasy writer Terry Pratchett, creator of the exuberant, satirical "Discworld" series and author of more than 70 books, has died. He was 66. ...